Jon Bling is a filmmaker. Nothing more. Nothing less. From humble beginnings in high school where a video camera was never out of sight, he has spent the last 10 years honing his craft. Working on many projects such as experimental short films, international music videos and numerous commercials, his first foray into feature film was a long time coming. "Never Forget" was his passion project and he is honoured that this is his feature film debut.
Brittany is a queer, feminist, anti-racist filmmaker focused on creating inclusive, empathetic working environments for the cast and crew. She believes in the healing power of storytelling and art that represents the outsider experience. She started her career in Seattle and now lives and works in her native Chicago.
Alyssa Bistonath (B.F.A., M.F.A.) is a Winnipeg born, Toronto-based photographer and filmmaker whose work investigates memory, intimacy and the diaspora. The daughter of Guyanese immigrants, Bistonath offers a new nostalgia—images that are simultaneously fresh, and evocative of family mementos. Her photos have been exhibited in Canada, the United States and Europe, as well as in her commercial practice.
Gabriel Diamond started working in video at age 13 at KDOL-TV in Oakland, CA. Now he travels the world making films about people who make things better. Along with Ken Ikeda he co-founded The Factory, a filmmaking lab for Bay Area youth. Works created under his mentorship won top prizes at dozens of national festivals including an Emmy. His first feature Less, follows and idealistic and troubled a man who has chosen to live on the streets in San Francisco. It received honorable mention for the grand jury prize at Dances With Films Festival. He shot and acted in How To Cheat which premiered at the LA Film Festival and won best acting ensemble and best narrative at Bend Film Festival.
In 2011 he shot a short documentary in Nepal entitled “We Are In The Field: Adventures of a 3rd World Environmental Activist.” It’s now being developed into a feature length film “All Living Things” with Jane Goodall. He’s now the staff filmmaker & photographer at the Skoll Foundation in Palo Alto.
Qihui Wu is from Guangzhou, China and she speaks Mandarin, Cantonese, English and Hunan dialects. Specialized in Communication and Cinema studies, she has recently completed graduate studies in Documentary Filmmaking at Northwestern University. Utilizing long takes, Qihui has faith in sculpting real time in her films. With anthropological approaches, her works, Chosen People (2016), Ma & Bati (2015), and Retired Workers (2014), explore the complex relationships between diasporas and their imagined "homeland"; identity and performance; as well as history and memory.
KRISTINE NIVEN is an actor/improviser, writer and producer living in New York City. For twenty years, she was the artistic/producing director of Artistic New Directions, a non-profit theatre company, where she established a development program for new works. She now serves as artistic co-director. Kristine recently completed a term as the administrative director of the Second City Training Center in New York, for which she continues to serve as a consultant. She has served as Line Producer, Associate Producer, Company Manager and General Manager of numerous theatre companies and off-Broadway productions. In 2015 she directed the original play Poppy’s House, which was subsequently developed for screen as Uncle Buzzy’s House, marking her debut as a film director.
CHRISTINA "Kit" VINSICK is a New York actress, host and director. She is the founder and president of Folded Leaf Productions. She wrote, directed and starred in the feature film Whisper Me a Lullaby, which won Best Feature Film honors at Big Apple Film Festival 2011. In 2015 she won Best Actress in a Comedy Short at Brightside Festival for Growth Spurt, which she also produced. Poppy’s House, her playwright debut, was adapted for screen as the short film Uncle Buzzy's House and is currently in development as a feature film. In Folded Leaf's newest offering, Christina hosts Gluten Free Food Files, released digitally in 2016. An adventurist and former internationally competitive rock climber, she has a passion for nature. When she’s not on the set, Christina is a Life Coach, mentor and youth drama instructor.